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Tuesday by David Wiesner

Tuesday (original 1991; edition 1997)

by David Wiesner

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Authors:David Wiesner
Info:Sandpiper (1997), Paperback, 32 pages
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Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)


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Wiesner shows a reoccurring them in his books with animals. There is little words in this book to tell the tale of a group of frogs adventure. The story helps children use their imagination.
  SRThompson | Sep 8, 2014 |
In this wordless book, odd things keep happening on a Tuesday. Fun for a "read-aloud" for developing language, and for a great example of fiction, when contrasting fiction and non-fiction. ( )
  kradish | Jul 30, 2014 |
A fun adventure! One Tuesday evening, frogs begin flying around on lily pads. The people don't notice, but in the morning lily pads litter the town- the people can't figure out the mystery. The next Tuesday, pigs start to fly. ( )
  SuPendleton | Jul 27, 2014 |
Use for a high-interest, easily accessible text. Head scratches and chuckles are sure to ensue.

On a random Tuesday night, frogs take flight! Lily pads become magic carpets and the frogs escapade through town. No one seems to notice this strange event which has been verified by "an undisclosed source." Doubters are reminded that "there is always another Tuesday".

Remember the author study: Wiesner paints adults and kids as living in "separate worlds." Kids are viewed as the wide-eyed imaginatives who "really see". Adults are lackadaizical observers at best. (I wonder how Wiesner would write about Jane Goodall?) ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 14, 2014 |
I really enjoy making up the story in words to accompany the fantastic illustrations in Wiesner's books. In TUESDAY, the frogs' lily pads begin to levitate, sending the frogs flying on a night journey through town, spooking the man having a late-night snack, alarming a cat, and gaining the unwanted attention of a dog. If frogs can fly, what animal could possibly be next...? ( )
  JennyArch | Jun 27, 2014 |
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For Tom Sgouros
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Tuesday evening, around eight.
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This nearly wordless story is told through detailed, colorful, and imaginative illustrations. It is the story of the flight of frogs from the swamp through the town on their lilly pads during the night. Sometimes the illustrations take up two full pages, and sometimes they're cut into frames. For example, the first page has three frames of roughly the same picture. However, as you examine them, you see that, from top to bottom, each picture brings you closer to the main object: the turtle standing on a log. Most of the illustrations are done in cool colors to give the feeling of night. This feeling is sharply contrasted by the scene in the kitchen which is very white and bright, giving the impression of being very well-lit. The illustrations are truly all that was needed to tell the story. I think that words would have been a distraction. The flying frogs have no reason to talk, and no human actually sees them. However, as I was "reading" the story, I could hear chirruping crickets and buzzing mosquitoes in the first page as the turtle waits for what he is about to see, and I could hear Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" throughout the frogs' flight.
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"Tuesday evening, around eight"--a deceptively mundane beginning for what proves to be a thrilling, miraculous, and surreal amphibian journey. Slowly and quietly on this particular Tuesday, a few fat frogs begin hovering over a swamp, riding lily pads like magic carpets. Clearly satisfied and comfortable, the floating frogs are as serene as little green buddhas. Gradually, the flying fleet grows in momentum and number, sailing over the countryside and into an unsuspecting town. These frogs know how to have fun--startling the occasional bird, waving webbed feet at late-night snack-eaters, and even changing the channels on a sleeping granny's television. As day breaks, the frogs lose their lily pads, head back to the pond, and wait impatiently for their next scheduled departure.

Tuesday won the 1992 Caldecott Medal and, among other honors, was named as an ALA Notable Children's Book. The critical acclaim will come as no surprise to anyone who opens the pages of this beautiful and humorous book. With hardly any words (except those noting the time), David Wiesner creates a wondrous romp as silent as the middle of the night. Using the rich purples, blues, and greens of late evening, Wiesner draws readers into the warm, incandescent world of frog flight. "Read" this wordless wonder to children and savor it for yourself as well. Chances are, you and the youngsters will both find yourselves poised at the window, hoping to catch a few airborne frogs in the act. (Ages 4 and older)

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:53:35 -0400)

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Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

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